Elisabeth Kumm

Elisabeth Kumm

Elisabeth is a founding member of the Victoria Theatres Trust. Her series Pets of the Public was a regular feature of On Stage from 1999 to 2005, looking at “forgotten” nineteenth century performers. She continues to contribute articles for the THA website, and from 2018 has been editor of the THA Newsletter. As a theatrical historian and biographer she assisted Viola Tait with her book on pantomime – Dames, Principal Boys…and All That (published by Macmillan in 2001) and also worked with her on her memoirs I Have a Song to Sing (published by THA in 2018). Elisabeth has also undertaken research for the Riley/Hailes Scrapbook and JCW Scene Books projects. Most recently she has been working on the Falk Studios album project including acting as editor of The Falk Studios book (published by THA in 2021). 

Saturday, 29 April 2017

BEATTY, May (1880-1945)

New Zealand actress & vocalist. Born 4 June 1880, Christchurch, New Zealand. Daughter of George Beatty and Emma --. Sister of Maud Beatty (actress). Married Edward Lauri (actor), 8 December 1908, London, England. Died 1 April 1945, Los Angeles, California, USA.

 On stage in Australia and England from 1890s. Performing in Australia, 1891-1906, 1923-1927, and 1928-1929.

Riley/Hailes Scrapbook, pages 189, 233.

Saturday, 29 April 2017

BARRY, Katie (c.1869-1914+)

English actress & vocalist. Née Catherine Patricia Rafferty / Laverty. Daughter of. Sister of Mdlle Aenea (gymnast). Married Julius Scharmann (Brewer), 1908. Member of the Conquest family.

On stage in England, Australia and USA. On stage in Australia, 1892-1893, with London Gaiety Company. America from 1902. Retired from acting on her marriage.

Riley/Hailes Scrapbook, page 231.

Saturday, 29 April 2017

BARRETT, Wilson (1846-1904)

English actor, manager & playwright. Né William Henry Barrett. Born 18 February 1846, Essex, England. Son of George Barrett and Charlotte Mary Wood. Brother of George Barrett (actor), Robert Reville (actor) and Mary Brunell (actress). Married Caroline Heath (actress), 21 July 1866. Died 22 September 1904, London, England, aged 57. Father of Frank and Alfred, Ellen, Katherine and Dorothea (Dollie).

On stage in England, America and Australia from 1864.

Riley/Hailes Scrapbook, page 45.

Saturday, 29 April 2017

BARLOW, Billie (c.1820-1907)

Vocalist. Né Robert Barlow. Died 17 February 1907, Gympie, NSW, Australia, aged 87.

 Best remembered for his song 'Blue Tail Fly', which he sang before audiences in Australia, China and Europe.

Riley/Hailes Scrapbook, page 54.

Saturday, 29 April 2017

BARKER, Abie (1891-1961)

Scottish actor. Ne Abraham Barker. Born 9 March 1891, Glasgow, Scotland.

Riley/Hailes Scrapbook, page 206.

Saturday, 29 April 2017

BANTOCK, Claude (1875-1921)

English actor. Né Claude Ronald Bantock. Born 16 September 1875, London, England. Brother of Leedham Bantock (actor) and Granville Bantock (composer). Died 23 June 1921, Melbourne, VIC, Australia, aged 45.

 On stage in Australia from 1900 performing in musical comedy for JC Williamson Ltd.

Riley/Hailes Scrapbook, page 222.

Saturday, 29 April 2017

BALDASSARE, Domenico (fl. 1870s)

Italian operatic vocalist (bass). Married.

Riley/Hailes Scrapbook, page 232.

Saturday, 29 April 2017

ARNOLD, G. Villiers (1876-1921)

English actor & vocalist. Né George F.H. Arnold. Born 18 April 1876, London, England. Son of JA Arnold and Mrs Blanche Ellerman. Married (1) Florence Beech, 1902, Sheffield, England (div. 1910), (2) Pearl Ladd (actress), 11 September 1916, Wellington, New Zealand. Died 21 May 1921, Sydney, NSW, Australia.

 On stage in Australia, 1914, 1918, 1920.

Riley/Hailes Scrapbook, page 227.

Saturday, 29 April 2017

ANDREWS, W. Talleur (1876-1924+)

American operatic vocalist (baritone). Né William Talleur Andrews. Born 1876, San Francisco, California, USA. Married Vivien Talleur (actress & dancer).

 On stage in Australia from 1911.

Riley/Hailes Scrapbook, page 220.

Saturday, 29 April 2017

ANDERSON, Mary (1859-1940)

American actress. Née Marie Antoinette Anderson; aka Madame de Navarro. Born 28 July 1859, Sacramento, California, USA. Married Antonio Fernando de Navarro, 1890. Died 29 May 1940, Broadway, Worcestershire, England, aged 80.

On stage in America and England from 1870s. Studied elocution under George Vandenhoff, making first stage appearance in Louisville in 1875. On stage in New York from 1877 and London from 1883. Retired from the stage in 1890 following marriage. Absent from the stage for twenty-seven years, making her re-appearance in 1917 in aid of war charities etc. Wrote two volumes of autobiography: A Few Memories (1890?) and A Few More Memories (1936). Part author of the play The Garden of Allah (1911).

Riley/Hailes Scrapbook, page 153.

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